Marc Hilber

Sajai Singh

Technology Law Committee

The Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association brings together lawyers practising aspects of the law particularly relevant to modern technologies. They have in common that they deal with developing bodies of law coming to grips with the new questions posed by new technologies. The mandate of the Technology Law Committee is broad and includes virtually any kind of technology.

About the Committee

At present, we have eight subcommittees with the following areas of focus:

  • The Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Subcommittee provides guidance on new technologies and their potential implications
  • The focus of the Outsourcing and Shared Services Subcommittee is on outsourcing service and supply agreements in all their aspects
  • The Internet Business Subcommittee focuses broadly on e-commerce and other internet issues
  • The User Generated Content Subcommittee focuses on the user generated content issues that are challenging the internet and entertainment industries
  • The Cybersecurity and Surveillance Subcommittee focuses on technologies that may threaten the privacy and security of individuals, ranging from satellite surveillance to smart cards
  • The Data Protection Governance and Privacy Subcommittee focuses on issues relating to processing and protecting corporate information
  • The focus of the Disputes and Rights Subcommittee is in procedures relating to disputes involving intellectual property rights, information technology and communications whether by litigation, arbitration or other means of dispute resolution
  • The focus of the Life Sciences Subcommittee is in life sciences and medical technologies

Committee podcasts

Geospatial data

January 2022: Geospatial data are becoming increasingly relevant in our technology-driven world. In this podcast, privacy and data barrister, Melissa Stock, speaks with Kevin Pomfret, an attorney and Executive Director of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy. They discuss the growing legal complexity surrounding the use of geospatial data and the challenges that it presents for lawyers and policy makers.

Covid-19 and the rise of digital technology

March 2021: The Covid-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented changes in the way we live and work, and, as a consequence, has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies. However, this transformation has not been without its issues.

In this podcast, privacy and data barrister, Melissa Stock, speaks with Vijay Rathour, Head of the Digital Forensics Group at Grant Thornton, about the problems faced during the pandemic, the commercialisation of hacking, and future trends in cybersecurity.

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The EU’s draft regulation on artificial intelligence (part 2)

The second part of this analysis focuses on the high-risk AI systems, their scope and the requirements prescribed by the EU’s draft AI Act. It also pinpoints several important challenges that need to be addressed and issues to be resolved in the final version of the text.

Released on Dec 13, 2021

For how much longer can companies continue to hold remote meetings?

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected almost every area of law. Corporate law is no exception. Aligned with the measures adopted to reduce the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the City of Buenos Aires Public Registry of Commerce (Inspección General de Justicia (IGJ)) eased the regulation relating to the promotion of virtual meetings, even for companies which were not authorised by their by-laws to hold meetings remotely.

Released on Dec 13, 2021

Artificial intelligence in criminal justice: invasion or revolution?

From Homer’s Iliad to 20th century science fiction movies, through Da Vinci’s humanoid robot, artificial intelligence (AI) has been a subject of humankind’s dreams for centuries. Although the notion of AI has started as a fantasy, sometimes even dystopian, like Spielberg’s film Minority Report which depicts a worrying future of advanced technologies in law enforcement, AI is now a reality in daily life, and has shifted human lifestyles. Cars, phones and even healthcare are just some examples of sectors which AI has penetrated. Considered as a branch of computer sciences, AI refers to the building of ‘smart’ machines, able to perform human tasks by mimicking human attributes, intelligence, and reasoning, but without direct human intervention.

Released on Dec 13, 2021

The EU’s draft regulation on artificial intelligence (part 1)

The first part of this analysis encompasses the AI Act’s scope, as well as prohibited AI practices, AI systems needing higher level of transparency and those subject to voluntary compliance. The second part will be published in the next volume of the Technology Law eBulletin, and will concentrate on high-risk AI systems and the outlined set of requirements for them.

Released on Jun 25, 2021

Subcommittees and other groups

The Technology Law Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Subcommittee
  • Cybersecurity and Surveillance Subcommittee
  • Data Protection Governance and Privacy Subcommittee
  • Disputes and Rights Subcommittee
  • Internet Business Subcommittee
  • Life Sciences Subcommittee
  • Outsourcing and Shared Services Subcommittee
  • Presidential Task Force on Cybersecurity
  • Technology Law Committee Advisory Board
  • User Generated Content Subcommittee